How the One Scotland Gazetteer and OS support Scottish Fire Service and Rescue

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the people of Scotland

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is working with OS to keep firefighters safe when attending emergency incidents. Their Operational Intelligence system gives teams risk information and mapping for the whole of Scotland at their fingertips, wherever they are, via new cutting edge detachable tablet devices.

  • AddressBase


Responding to an emergency requires up-to-date data, which custodians across Scotland are helping keep as rich as possible. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service contribute to this by feeding in intelligence gathered whilst going about their day to day duties.

As part of assessing risk, the service’s prevention and protection teams need to identify certain types of premises – such as care homes, hotels, and hospitals – where source information can sometimes be limited.


The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service use Ordnance Survey’s AddressBase products, which contain the One Scotland Gazetteer (OSG), to gain the accurate details they need, linked with Unique Property Reference Numbers (UPRNs). The OSG is a land and property dataset maintained by each of Scotland’s 32 local authorities, and custodians.

As a user, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are also helping to keep OSG data up to date and improve classification of premises, via data entered across SFRS systems like the Prevention and Protection Enforcement database and the Operational Intelligence system linked with UPRNs.


Better data means better protection for first responders across Scotland as they manage emergency incidents and keep the public safe. By using mobile devices, such as tablets, teams can share and benefit from OS mapping and data at the scene, when they need it most.

Scottish public sector organisations can access OS expertise and services under the Public Sector Geospatial Agreement (PSGA).

"Thanks to One Scotland Gazetteer Custodians across Scotland."

Lynn Oliver, Gazetteer Watch Commander for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

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Products and solutions featured in this study

  • AddressBase

    AddressBase matches 29 million Royal Mail postal address to unique property reference numbers, bringing a new dimension to the matched records.